Gallery/Lit Lounge is owned & operated by 5 overly creative
individuals: Michael McGrane, Rich Rethorn, Erik Foss, Max Brennan,
and David Schwartz. All *very* nice folks, I might add, and each
of them produce intense artwork that is well worth exploring.
FUSE is inside a fantastic space with 2 floors featuring multiple
bars, DJ booths, a classy gallery in the back (viewable from the
bar through glass doors), and plenty of restrooms. The walls are
completely black, which looked fantastic with Mark's work. On top
of all that, the tables, bar, and dj booths are all constructed
of reassembled church pews!
The opening reception was held on Saturday, May 10th in the East
Village of NYC. Unfortunately, Mark was unable to attend the opening
due to scheduling conflicts, but the opening reception was still
a huge success.
By 8pm on opening night, FUSE was already packed with a diverse
crowd. Chuck Statler, Devo's old pal and director of their early
films, just happened to be in town on business and stopped in to
chat. Jay Kastor, of the Psychedelic Solution gallery where Mark
exhibited during the late 80's, also stopped by to show his support.
Rucci and Amber, of The Beaker Gallery in Tampa, were visiting NYC
and found time to check out the exhibit. Steve Badamo, long-time
Devo fan from Long Island, showed up with his brand new energy dome
tattoo (see picture to right). Dedicated, indeed!
will always find time for FUSE/Lit when in NYC. They're fighting
the good fight, so please do what you can to support their continued
success as a great space.
Project Coordinator &
Homefront Invasion! Gallery Tour
thumbnail images for larger view & info
to Aaron Zimmerman and NY
for providing his audio interview with Mark,
which is available for download above.
Please do not use or distribute w/o permission.